Up 3,816 this week

At 3:25 (1924)
"Paris qui dort" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Short, Sci-Fi  |  1927 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 1,085 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 8 critic

A scientist's invisible ray freezes Paris into immobility.



0Check in

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Video


10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 06 Jul 2013
a list of 8 titles
created 24 Jul 2013
list image
a list of 1320 titles
created 23 Sep 2014
a list of 23 titles
created 9 months ago
a list of 34 titles
created 8 months ago

Related Items

Search for "At 3:25" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: At 3:25 (1924)

At 3:25 (1924) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of At 3:25.



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Entr'acte (1924)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Francis Picabia
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Albert is smitten for Pola but ends up wrongly committed in jail, in the meantime her affections are sort after by his friend, and on his release both love and friendship must be tested.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Albert Préjean, Pola Illéry, Edmond T. Gréville
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Holger-Madsen
Stars: Gunnar Tolnæs, Zanny Petersen, Nicolai Neiiendam
Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This is called the first Soviet science fiction film because of its "futuristic" sets on Mars, although most of it takes place in Moscow. The movie is set at the beginning of the NEP (New ... See full summary »

Director: Yakov Protazanov
Stars: Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants.

Director: Jean Vigo
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A man and a woman arrive in a cafe-hotel near the belgian frontier. The customers recognize the man from the police's description. His name is Amedee Lange, he murdered Batala in Paris. His... See full summary »

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: René Lefèvre, Florelle, Jules Berry
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Allan has a hard time finding the Usher's house, which is known to be cursed... But he is a personal friend of Roderick Usher, who lives with his sick wife Madeline and a doctor. Roderick ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein
Stars: Jean Debucourt, Marguerite Gance, Charles Lamy
Ménilmontant (1926)
Short | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.

Director: Dimitri Kirsanoff
Stars: Nadia Sibirskaïa, Yolande Beaulieu, Guy Belmont
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Psychological narrative avantgarde film about a wealthy young businessman who consecutively falls in love with a classy English woman (Pearl), a Russian sculptress (Athalia), and a naive ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Epstein
Stars: Jeanne Helbling, Suzy Pierson, Olga Day
Anemic Cinema (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Duchamp
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The life of a great city (Paris) from dawn until dusk, including the beautiful and the ragged, the rich and the poor, with little or no comment (intertitles) from the director, Cavalcanti (whose first film this was).

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Blanche Bernis, Nina Chousvalowa, Philippe Hériat
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy
Stars: Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, Katherine Murphy


Credited cast:
Henri Rollan ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Martinelli ...
The scientist (as Martinelli)
Louis Pré Fils ...
The pilot
Madeleine Rodrigue ...
Hesta, the airline passenger
The niece / daughter of the scientist
Antoine Stacquet ...
The rich man (as Stacquet)
Marcel Vallée ...
International thief


Early roots of sci-fi magic are given to us in the form of a scientist who invents a ray that makes people caught in its beam fall asleep where they stand. With magical and wonderful shots of a Paris long gone, it is the adventure of a group of unaffected who with their sudden freedoms play the game of mice while the cat is away. With a narrative that sways toward a moralistic stance on the principles of fair play and responsibility, this little science fiction fable can still be poignant today as when the magnificent views were first shot from the dizzy heights of the Eiffel Tower. Written by Cinema_Fan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Short | Sci-Fi






Release Date:

1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

At 3:25  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


This film is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Under the Roofs of Paris (1930). See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Adorable Surrealist flight of fancy.
20 December 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

The most loveable of all silent masterpieces. It took years for Surrealism to finally mature in the cinema as a powerful artistic presence, as in 'Vertigo', 'Le Samourai' or the late films of Cocteau (of whom much of the imagery of frozen citizens in this is reminiscent). The official Surrealist films of the 1920s, with the exception of Bunuel's, were usually childish trickery, rather than a valid way of looking at, or undermining the world. 'Paris Qui Dort' is different, delicate, beautiful, elegant and funny, it turns reality inside out, making reality a dream, and dream a reality (see the wonderful sequence where the bewildered hero, having roamed through an enchanted Paris, can only find the 'real' city in his head).

It is such a lovely idea, the whole of Paris enchanted by sleep, except for those in the air. The hero, due to bad luck, has to live on top of the Eiffel Tower, already cut off from a social context, as with the 'Wizard of Oz'-like band of acquaintances he strikes up - an aviator, an English detective, a notorious criminal, an independent woman (it IS the 1920s!), a blustering tycoon, a mad scientist and his daughter. These are the kind of people who would see life as unreal anyway. The question is: is the city of Paris, with its social order of work, crime and play, dreaming of these outsiders, who play out its desires of independence, wealth, power, freedom; or is it the other way round?

For the Surrealists, there was no need to heighten life - it was strange enough as it was. By placing the picture-postcard Paris in a fantastical context; by emphasising the hidden geometry of the city and its buildings; by showing a city, built by people for people, without people, Clair suggests a sublimely suspended dream place, like Tir na nOg, where people never grow old.

Tellingly, the old human foibles - greed, lust, jealousy, ennui etc. - threaten to destroy the freedom of the new social order even as it subverts the old one based on those foibles. But Clair subverts this world anyway by revealing the power of film, as the Professor's power over life and movement is Clair's power over his cinematic apparatus, capturing a Paris that sleeps, that never has to die, or admit debilitating transience, by capturing it on his camera. It's only a dream, just as the cinema is a dream before we go back out into the rain, relationships, bills, health. Sometimes you wish time would stop, that the inevitability of progress, and its immovable corollary, decline, could be averted. Clair is the most beloved of the Surrealists, because he knows knockabouts and chases are far more eloquent than portentous, 'meaningful' images.

19 of 26 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss At 3:25 (1924) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: